Mar 28, 2011

My Book Haul and Other Things(Including Review Policy)

Today I went to Books A Million. I did not intend to buy the whole store. Unfortunately, looking around my recliner, that seems to be exactly what I have done. According to my debit card this is what I have done. The fact that while in the bookstore I had to have Dan hold half of my books might have clued me in. Yet I couldn't stop. So I may as well share what I bought.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt

Cane River - Lalita Tademy

The History of Love - Nicole Krauss

Haven - Kristi Cook

Chime - Franny Billingsley

Finnikin of the Rock - Melina Marchetta

Marcelo in the Real World - Francisco X. Stork

Everlasting - Angie Frazier

Falling Under - Gwen Hayes

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks - Lauren Myracle

    And finally,

Babe in Boyland - Jody Gehrman

I know. It's a lot. I better get started. And before I even start on these I have a pile of about twenty in the bedroom. I'm running out of places to walk in there. Do you have any opinions about my choices?

Right now I am reading Sleight: Book One of the AVRA-K by Jennifer Sommersby. And it's really good. I'll have the review for that later on when I finish it. And then I have to finish the Study series by Maria V. Snyder. After that I have The Royal Dragoneers by M.R Mathias. I can't wait to read that one. If it's anywhere as good as The Sword and the Dragon then I'm sure I'll have a winner. There are a lot of great indie authors out there. I love reading indies. And I'm always open to reading indie novels.

So before I go, let me talk quickly about my indie review policy. Or any other book review policy. Basically what it comes down to is this. If your book sounds interesting to me and it sounds like something I would like I will read it. If I start to read it and I find that it's riddled with grammatical errors or bad writing, I'll stop. As far as time frame goes..anything that someone asks me to review takes precedent over the books I choose to read myself. Sometimes though, the list of books I have to review for authors gets ridiculously long and I have to break in-between to read something I want to. I'm sure you understand this. In order for this hobby to stay interesting and fun for me I have to do it the way I need to. This policy may change in the future. Who knows?

Any questions about anything? Ask down there in the comments. Thanks guys!!

Love, Me


  1. Hi Kara!

    I totally support book binging habits. The only thing that stops me from running into bookstores and grabbing everything I see like some book-crazed rendition of Supermarket Sweep is the fact that I'm the slowest reader in the world and those books would then sit in my room for months.

    I've read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I'm not a huge nonfiction fan, but Berendt is GOOD. His stuff reads like fiction, but it's even better because the people he writes about actually exist in the world (hard to believe sometimes!) If you like the book, check out City of Falling Angels- his book about Venice. Another great read.

    OK I've babbled enough!

  2. I sure will. If I like something an author writes, I always, always check out their other works.

  3. Haha your tbr pile sounds like mine Kara. I just got an ARC of Chime in the mail today :)

    I'm loving Sleight so far but Jenn rocks so I knew her book would too.

    And definitely finish the Study series it's Bloody awesome and get her Glass series too :D

    It's Jaime btw ;)

  4. I figured your name was Jaime and not Arnold. :) I love Maria V. Snyder. She's one of my favorite authors. Trying to finish Sleight tonight.

  5. I've read Cane River by Lalita Tandemy. I used to live in the Parish (Natchitoches) that it was set in. I knew most of the families mentioned in the book. It's a great, great book! I hope you enjoy it.

  6. Cool Andrea!I'll have to move it up my list then!

  7. Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil was a fantastic book. Even better is the fact that the movie does a stellar job of maintaining the books integrity. It's been several years since I read the book, but it has definitely stuck with me.

  8. Awesome. Can't wait to read it. And then I will watch the movie. But I need to read the book first. :)


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